RHEL-09-213015 - RHEL 9 must prevent kernel profiling by nonprivileged users.

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Preventing unauthorized information transfers mitigates the risk of information, including encrypted representations of information, produced by the actions of prior users/roles (or the actions of processes acting on behalf of prior users/roles) from being available to any current users/roles (or current processes) that obtain access to shared system resources (e.g., registers, main memory, hard disks) after those resources have been released back to information systems. The control of information in shared resources is also commonly referred to as object reuse and residual information protection.

This requirement generally applies to the design of an information technology product, but it can also apply to the configuration of particular information system components that are, or use, such products. This can be verified by acceptance/validation processes in DOD or other government agencies.

There may be shared resources with configurable protections (e.g., files in storage) that may be assessed on specific information system components.

Setting the kernel.perf_event_paranoid kernel parameter to '2' prevents attackers from gaining additional system information as a nonprivileged user.

Satisfies: SRG-OS-000132-GPOS-00067, SRG-OS-000138-GPOS-00069


Configure RHEL 9 to prevent kernel profiling by nonprivileged users.

Add or edit the following line in a system configuration file, in the '/etc/sysctl.d/' directory:

kernel.perf_event_paranoid = 2

Load settings from all system configuration files with the following command:

$ sudo sysctl --system

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Item Details

References: CAT|II, CCI|CCI-001082, CCI|CCI-001090, Rule-ID|SV-257798r925381_rule, STIG-ID|RHEL-09-213015, Vuln-ID|V-257798

Plugin: Unix

Control ID: 205884cfd1751689252ec6d6072ae775db0919f0ab8ff0d6bc14113d31105bd3